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In the House of Lords, on Friday, his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, introduced by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, took his seat on his creation, with the usual ceremonial. The adjourned debate on the Issue of Commissions of In- quiry into Corrupt Practices at Lancaster and other Boroughs, and m which Earl Grey had moved an amend- ment to the sheet that a royal commission to inquire gene- into corrupt practices at elections should issue, was renewed; and atter a discussion On a division the motion was agreed to by 77 to 17. Re%^te%n1 TotZ! W61'e to 111 reSard to Yarmouth, and AStDStrtoS8 co«ee on the Exchequer Lord Belper complained that the changes proposed by the bill would impair the independence and efficiency of the audit of public accounts, and moved that it be referred to a select committee. After a discussion the motion was withdrawn, and the bill passed through committee. Several other bills were advanced a stage, and the House adjourned shortly after eight o clock. In the House of Commons, in answer to Mr. O'Beirne Mr T G. Baring said that, it had been decided to test the strength of the cupola system by firing at one of the turrets of the Royal Sovereign. In answer to Mr. Gilpin, Mr Cardwell said that the report ol the Jamaica Commis- sion would probably be ready the week after next Mr. Disraeli said that m a recent debate he had said that the representative of England at the Conference of Paris, in 1855, had entered into a conspiracy a.gamst the freedom of the press in Europe. He had founded his observation on documents on the table of the House. It was said that his statements could not be correct, because the records of the Conference showed that our plenipotentiary stated that, as representing a country where the press was free indeed, he could not take any step to repress that insti- tution; but that, he had expressed an opinion that the license of the Belgian press was likely to lead to great evils in regard to the friendly relations of nations. It was the fact* that all the other ministers I denounced the press of Belgium, and advocated coercive measures; and, finally, a paragraph was added t@ the pro- tocol embodying that opinion as that of the whole Confer- ence, and signed by all the plenipotentiaries, including that of England. He was therefore jnstified in the obser- vation that that functionary was a party to a combination vation that that functionary was a party to a combination against the press. Mr. Layard said that Mr. Disraeli had made three accusa- tions against Lord Clarendonthat he had entered into' conspiracy against the press, had agreed to a disadvan- tageous arrangement of the boundaries of Turkey, and had not pressed the establishment of Circassia, as a free State. Having denied the correctness of each of these accusations, the hon. gentleman proceeded to read from the protocols of the Conference extracts which he contended entirely proved that denial. On going into committee of supply, Mr. Yerner called attention to the grave irregularities in the management of certain City Prisons in Ireland, as shown in the reports ot the Inspectors General. specters General. Mr. C. Fortescue was glad to hear that no fault was found wtth the Inspectors General, and while admitting that irre- ] nties had existed, stated care had been taken to improve the state of things complained of. Sir W. Stirling-Maxwell called attention to the condition of the office of Lord Lyon, King-at-Arms in Scotland, and asked whether before filling up that vacant office the recom- mendations of the commissioners for inquiring into courts i Scotland would be considered, and steps taken for placing Ie Lyon Court under improved regulations. III I Mr. Childers said tha,t it was true that a commission had recommended that the officers of the Lord Lyon Court should be paid by salary instead of fees. That had not been done, and the function of Lord Lyon had become a sinecure: and as the office was now vacant, it was under consideration to make it an honorary and unpaid one. Mr. B. Hope called attention to a report that the Royal Academy has refused a site at Burlington-house, and has preferred to remove to South Kensington. Mr. Cowper said that in consequence of a scheme for ex- tending its operations, and itself as a body, by the Royal Academy, it had been found that the site offered to them at Burlington-house was too small for them, and he believed that they had decided on rejecting it. The discussion was continued by Mr. Powell, Lor(3 J. Manners, Lord Elcho, Mr. Ayrton, Mr. Gregory, Mr. Caven- dish Bentinck, and Sir Gsorge Bowyer. Mr. Layard, as a trustee of the National Gmllery, wished to state that all the trustees were of opinion that the House should reconsider the determination it came to two years ago, and permit a new National Gallery to be built on a site at Burlington-house, and give up the present building to the Royal Academy. Mr. Hubbard, observing on this statement and the decla- rations of many members in the debate, urged that the Government should again take the opinion of the House on the question of retaining or not of the National Gallery on its'present site. Lord Cranborne said that the art discussions of the House were most depressing to the uninitiated, for the difference of opinion which prevailed was not too minutely illustrated. He argued in favour of a central position for the national art collections. The report of the resolution relating to the annuity of the; Princess Mary was brought up. The Representation iof the People Bill being the next order, The Chancellor of the Exchequer said he could not go on with it at that hour (eleven o'clock), and postponed it to Monday; and, in answer to Mr. Bovill said the Government had no further statistical information in reference to the franchise, except such as had been specially moved for by members. Several bills were advanced a stage, and the other business was disposed of, and the House adjourned at five minutes to one o'clock. In the House of Lords, on Monday, Lord Ebury moved that an. humble address be presented to her Majesty for the appointment of a commission to revise the lectionary of the Established Church, and also to consider what steps should be taken to obviate the evils complained of asatisillg ..1 from the compulsory and almost indiscriminate use of the burial service. The Archbishop of Canterbury objected to the motion, on the ground that it would open a subject, the settlement of which was. surrounded with difficulties scarcely capable of solution. „ After a discussion of some length, in the coarse of which Lord Russell objected to the commission, on the ground that matters of this kind had better be left to the ecclesias-' tical authorities, as they were only calculated to lead to I irritating controversies if otherwise considered, On a division, the motion was negatived by 66 to 20. Several bills (amongst them the Exchequer and Audit c Department Bill, which was read a third time and passed) "I were advanced a stage; and „ The House adjourned J; 20 minutes pastuine o'clock. In the House of Commons, Mr. Kinglake, in reference to the state of continental Europe, said that it was possible that war had already broken out; for it appeared^ that the Austrian commander had convoked the States ofHolsteini at Altona, and probably the Prussian commander would' interfere to prevent the choice of the Duke of Augnsten- berg. There was an uiiveiled desire on the part of Prussia to obtain the Elbe Duchies, and of Italy to obtain Venetia.. Watching her opportunity, Italy had entered into a treaty with Prussia against Austria, without there being a qua.rrel between her and Austria. He did not blame- Italy for seizing this opportunity, but that was a very different thing from approving the conduct of other Powers which' had tempted her to take a course likely to disturb the peace of Europe. He alleged that England had given indirect encouragement to Italy as to her claim on Venetia, and pointed out that the position now held by Austria was justifiable, and that it was not possible to en- courage the notion of change of territory. He put a ques- tion as to the negotiations which had been going on, and the I part that England had taken in them. The Chancellor of the Exchequer said that as far as her1 Majesty's Government's information went, it was not easy to have settled the German question but for the Italian question, for the duchies were as much a 'matter in disjoate as Italy. It was the revocation of the question of the duchies to the Diet and the conven- tion of the State of Holstein were the immediate causes of quarrel. It was not easy to assume that Italy had quarrel. It was not easy to assume that Italy had adopted the position of a disturbing Power. As to encourage- ment to Italy by England, none had been given to her by I her Majesty's Government, nor had the Government, as a Government, given any advice to Austria as to the cession of Venetia; and as to indirect influence usedto that end, there was no doubt, that that was tiie long-expressed opinion of j successive Governments in this country, end especially of the present Government, and from that opinion they ware not prepared to recede, however painful and undesirable it might be to express such an opinion at this moment. While refrain- ing from going further into the questions raised, he would say t hat Italy could only be entitled to Venetia on the ground of the wishes and feelings of that province itself, lie feared there was no hope that peace would be secured. After the preliminary objections of Austria there could have been no practical benefit in pressing on a conference, and as to advice to the disputing Powers, it was given generally, if not alto- gether, in conjunction with other Powers. After some remarks by Mr. D. Griffith, Mr. B. Cochrane, and Mr. Sandford, Sir G. Bowyer wished to know if her Majesty's Govern- ment, besides expressing, an opinion to Austria as to the advisability of ceding Venetia, had given any advice on that point to the Court of Florence. The King of Sardinia (he still called him so) had no more right to Venetia than he had to Middlesex; and he should be advised ts give up the kingdom of the Two Sicilies which he had usurped. Sir R. Peel said the point of advice having been given to Austria to cede Venetia had been evaded by Mr. Gladstone; and he was mistaken when he said that any right of Italy to Venetia was founded on traditions of the past; for there was no tradition which connected that province with the King of Sardinia. After some observations from Lord R. Montagu, Mr. Laing, Mr. D. Seymour, Major Walker, and Lord Cran- borne, Mr. Layard said no advice had been given by her Majesty's Government to Italy to go to war with Austria, but exactly the contrary. He contended that the greatest improve- ment had taken place in Italy, and expressions of discontent which were publicly uttered proved the freedom of that country. The debate was continued by Colonel Percy Herbert, Mr. C. Bentinck, Mr. Powell, Lord C. Hamilton, and several other hon. members, and the subject then dropped. The House went into committee on the Representation of the People Bill, resuming at clause 4. Mr. Hunt moved an amendment, the effect of which was that the county franchise should be estimated at the rate- able and not the rental value. After some discussion, The Chancellor of the Exchequer said before the Govern- ment was fully informed they were inclined to a rating franchise, but it was found that a rental possessed all the advantages and none of the disadvantages of a rating fran- chise. If the system was established in counties it must be I adopted in towns, and the effect would be thai;, owing to the inequality of rating in 'unions, there might be actually dif- ferent franchises in one borough. The true test was the capacity of the occupier to pay, a certain rent, while the rateable value was the value as it had to do with the landlord. After debate for some time, Colonel Gilpin moved that the chairman report progress. Colonel Gilpin moved that the chairman report progress. On a division the motion was rejected by 303 to 251, being 40 for the Government. Colonel S. Knox moved that the chairman do leave the chair." An animated conversational debate followed. On a division the motion was negatived by 254 to 212. A motion was then made to "report progress," which was not resented, and the House resumed. The other business was disposed of, and the House ad- journed at a quarter to two o'clock.

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